Reports that officers were having sex with teens not investigated until evidence appeared, Cleveland's assistant chief says

photo Cleveland Assistant Police Chief Gary Hicks

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The assistant police chief in Cleveland, Tenn., says there were "no facts or evidence" in May of 2008 to start investigating whether some officers were having sex with teenage girls and giving them pills and alcohol.

In an emailed statement, Assistant Chief Gary Hicks said that, "in May of 2008, after consulting with Chief Snyder, I had a meeting with the four officers that were rumored to be conducting themselves in behaviors unbecoming and unacceptable. There were no facts or evidence, at that time, to support the rumors.

"Over the next few months, the situation was monitored.